Asia Briefs: Indonesia has envoy for religious unity

Indonesia has envoy for religious unity

JAKARTA • President Joko Widodo has appointed religious scholar Professor Muhammad Sirajuddin "Din" Syamsuddin, the former chairman of Indonesia's second-largest Islamic organisation Muhammadiyah, as a special envoy for religious harmony.

Speaking at the State Palace in Jakarta on Monday, Mr Joko said the new envoy would work to improve religious harmony through inter-religious dialogues and joint works, and share the invaluable lesson of Indonesia's religious harmony at events abroad.


Petroleum coke banned in New Delhi

NEW DELHI • India's top court yesterday banned the use of petroleum coke, a dirtier alternative to coal, in and around New Delhi in a bid to clean the air in one of the world's most polluted cities.

The court also banned the sale and use of furnace oil in and around the capital and ordered the implementation of strict emission norms by the end of December.


Seoul to restart work on nuke reactors

SEOUL • South Korea's Energy Ministry yesterday said work will begin as soon as possible to restart the suspended construction of two new nuclear reactors.

The decision was taken after a public opinion survey found a majority of South Koreans backed the projects.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 25, 2017, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe